Poacher's Choice | Badger Brewery, Hall and Woodhouse

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Brewed by:
Badger Brewery, Hall and Woodhouse
England, United Kingdom

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This rich, smooth brew has a softly spiced sweetness with dark liquorice notes and a fruity damson aroma. Poachers Choice is a gutsy ruby ale that is well matched with hearty game pie or a tangy mature cheese.

Added by GreenCard on 10-21-2007

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Ratings: 58 |  Reviews: 29
Photo of EdmundBlackadder
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dandy14
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of windowside
3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of heygeebee
3.44/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pouts dark reddish, large bubbles on head.
Aromas and taste are all sweet malts, molasses, hint cinnamon sugar, and maybe a little orange.
Really quite sweet overall, medium bodied low carb to style.
Sweetness detracts.
It's a winter warmer and I'm drinking it in January. In Sydney. Go figure :-)

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Photo of Spike
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From 500ml bottle.

L: Clear, dark copper with a rich, foamy, off-white head that lasts to the end. Spotty lacing.

S: Sweet and fruity. Plum pudding. Maybe a little too sweet.

T: Autumn fruits, cinnamon, sugar, alcohol.

F: Medium body with gentle carbonation, a little spicy kick, and soft bitterness.

O: This is the best I've drunk from Badger Brewery. It's sweet and fruity (dark fruits, not floral) and well suited to the darker months. Too sweet to be drunk in quantity but pleasant enough.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.16/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle, pours a Amber light brown colour with a small ring of off white head. Aroma black current, dark fruits. Taste plum, cherry, dark fruits, caramel. Very nice.

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Photo of Martine
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AlexW693
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wonderdave
1.53/5  rDev -58.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a bottle bought from supermarket into a dimpled pint glass, served cold.

Appearance - Quite a nice ruby amber with a decent head.

Smell - I found the smell immediately off-putting- a sickly sweet pungent aroma, hints of nail-polish remover.

Taste - Several other reviews compare the taste to a childs drink, I think this is a pretty accurate assesment, and is not a good thing to my taste. The mouthfeel is not bad, but the intial nose of that sweetness dominates the experience for me, as does the aftertaste which I found sickly sweet.

Mouthfeel - Quite full and as mentioned above, not bad.

Overall - The sweetness of this is just awful to my taste, it dominates the experience with an almost chemical tang. I like winter-warmer beers in general, but this one was so unlikeable that I tipped half of it down the sink, and the last beer I did that with was one of those awful sweet 'tequila-flavoured' lagers.

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Photo of FCox143
2.47/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of 123321123321
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of themightyinferno
5/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amazingly fruity with a licorice after taste, beautiful stuff.

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Photo of Sharpee1937
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Extremely pleasant fruity beer almost tastes like a cider.

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Photo of Rockboy08
4.53/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Fruity, aromatic, murky when poured

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Photo of Olegophren
4.85/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Love this licorice taste! Bitter, sweet, fruity, strong!

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Photo of Malt_Man
4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served at cellar temperature from 500ml bottle into handled pint mug.

A) Deep copper colour, clear with thinnish but persistent white head and a few bubbles.

S) Very fruity; blackcurrant jam!

T) Follows the nose; blackcurrant / fruits of the forest are right there. Soft malt and almost no bitterness. Nice.

M) Fairly substantial, not a gulping beer. Nicely warming.

O) Great beer; certainly the best one that I have had from this brewery. Recommended.

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Photo of moley
3.2/5  rDev -13%

Photo of endless1408
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
3.26/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - Ruby amber with a great 2 finger head of creamy beige/auburn foam that has average retention dying off in 3-4 minutes to a generous cover that leaves spotty lace. There is plenty of busy streaming CO2 in the glass.

Smell - The aroma of this is dominated by sweet barley malts. There is heavy burnt brown sugar smell, bread red liquorice, cherry, and Damson.

Taste - Again the heavy sweet brown sugar dominates. The fruit is much milder and less detectable than in the smell. Red liquorice and light plum, maybe the slightest hint of something nutty but the sweet overtone makes it very hard to say. In an odd way this one tastes like the flat Pepsi laced with sugar my Granny used to serve her sick Grandkids when we were sick to feed the tummy bug and speed its process through the system.

Mouthfeel - Quite full and creamy with a heavy sweet linger, there is a pretty decent boozy warmth that kicks in soon after this one hits the belly.

Overall - Very sweet and lacking the fruit flavours the smell promised. Overall this beer to me is rather like a child's soft drink in terms of taste

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Photo of AlexAfonin
5/5  rDev +35.9%

Photo of Iaido
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of glod17
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of crabman111
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Kitsune
4.19/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle was chilled to +5 or something but poured very slowly into room temperature glass. There was no foam at all. No bubbles, nothing. Best before 4 month to go.
Colour is beautiful brown, clear.
Aroma: lemonade or cola, very sweet and caramel.
Taste: it is very rich, dense, full-bodied, concentrated and ropy (14.5%). Body is so much full and it is wonderful. You can feel A LOT of caramel, rye bread, pine with a bit of hoppy bitterness. It is pretty sweet over all. Alcohol 5.7% is invisible but you feel it in your stomach.
It is good for cold weather, its sweet and warming, very tasty. It is totally different of ordinary ale or beer and you will not drink it more than one at once.

Beer with "Baikal" piny lemonade for those who know what is it.

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Photo of Gottesverachter
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

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